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LCEDN Annual Conference 2017 "Equity and Energy Justice"

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Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University

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The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network is pleased to invite you to our Annual Conference 2017, which will be held at Durham University on the 11th and 12th of September 2017. The theme for this year's conference is "Equity and Energy Justice".

Speakers include Dr Rosie Day (University of Birmingham), Professor Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex), Dr Vanesa Castan Broto (University College London) , Professor Joy Clancy (University of Twente) and Simon Trace (former CEO at Practical Action).

Working within the broad framework of the UN’s policy of promoting Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) the conference is based on the principle that without equity of access and energy justice, there can be no sustainability, and the conference aims to further understandings of how equity and justice are essential components of sustainability.

Issues we are hoping to address include (but are not limited to):

Inclusivity/marginalization - Which kinds of exclusions need to be confronted? In what ways does exclusion as it relates to energy operate, and how are energy resources, technologies and services implicated in exclusionary processes? How do we ensure that low carbon energy promotes inclusion and avoids contributing to exclusion?

Technology justice – How can this be understood, promoted and operationalized at domestic, community, municipal, national and international scales?

Climate justice – What are the key conjunctions between climate and energy justice? How does each concept learn from approaches to, and related issues in development and environmental justice? Where are the areas of conflict between energy and climate justice?

Intersectional and structural inequalities – What can ‘equity and energy’ learn from studies of equity and health? How do structured energy injustices affect outcomes in the pursuit of sustainable livelihood options and access to educational opportunities?

Governance and citizenship – Which governance arrangements help or hinder the realization of justice and equity in the deployment of low carbon energy technologies? Will scaling-up of low carbon energy affect negotiating relationships with power at different levels of everyday life? How can we better share understanding of the range of actors who can facilitate equitable uptake of renewables?

Contestation – How do we approach struggles around low carbon energy developments? Which sites of contestation emerge and how may struggles be recognised and negotiated? Which new networks of power and participation emerge around low carbon energy development and how to ensure that they do achieve development and real community interests?

Socio-technical imaginaries and normative projects for social change - How effective are pathways to sustainable energy transition at addressing broader projects of societal transition that include gender equality, and reducing other forms of discrimination that prevent equitable access to energy services?

Research collaborations – Which kinds of collaborations can most effectively progress energy justice? How best to help disseminate lessons about the difference that can be made through participatory engineering design, or through socio-technical governance practices adaptable to particular needs or justice problems?

This year’s annual conference (our 6th) is the first during the new phase of funding under DFID’s Transforming Energy Access programme. In this, the LCEDN has a role in consolidating existing relationships and collaborations among relevant UK academics and researchers, policy communities, NGOs and the private sector, and is extending partnerships in the global south for skills development. This conference is an opportunity to network, learn and develop partnerships across sectors.


Our Call for papers is open until 14th July, for details please see

http://lcedn.com/blog/call-for-papers-lcedn-6th-conference-11-12-september-2017-durham/

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